From Monday, July 30th through Wednesday, August 1st, I drove a moving truck from Florida to Wisconsin, with stops in Alabama and Indiana. At the time, I think I calculated that I had spent about twenty-two hours in the cab of that truck.
I listened to a whole lot of radio during that time, changing from station to station as I passed in and out of range. I tried to stay mostly on classic rock stations and stations (at least partly) featuring 80’s and 90’s music. Surprisingly, in all those hours, I only heard six songs more than once (and each of those only twice).
Therefore, I have come back, two weeks later, to present you with the names of the six songs, and ask you to vote one of them my Retroactive Moving Theme Song. You can tweet your vote @HakesJon, or use any other communication method you can think of, provided you already know my other contact information (please, no more messenger muskrats). Voting will remain open until midnight next Thursday, August 23rd. Write-ins are acceptable, but I reserve the right to arbitrarily alter the vote count at any time.
The finalists are, in no particular order:
1. Listen To The Music – The Doobie Brothers
Why it fits: I did indeed listen to the music, hence the poll.
Why it doesn’t: I strongly suspect that The Doobie Brothers recorded this song in 1972 with the express purpose of appearing in this poll, and I don’t like pandering.
2. Life’s Been Good – Joe Walsh
Why it fits: I am entering a new phase of life as a stay-at-home father and writer, so life is pretty good right now.
Why it doesn’t: I have not yet experienced any of the rich guy perks/problems in the song.
3. Follow You Down – Gin Blossoms
Why it fits: Anywhere Alyssa has gone, I have followed her.
Why it doesn’t: I have yet to tell her that I wont’ follow her THAT far down, and I’ve already followed her to the Deep South.
4. I’m Gonna Be (500) Miles – The Proclaimers
Why it fits: I did travel almost a thousand miles on this trip.
Why it doesn’t: Almost none of it was on foot.
5. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Why it fits: The drive was a challenge.
Why it doesn’t: It wasn’t THAT hard, and I don’t want to be melodramatic.
6. Livin’ On The Edge – Aerosmith
Why it fits: It’s nerve-wracking, driving a 24′ truck, towing a trailer with your car on it and trying to stay in your own lane.
Why it doesn’t: See above note on melodrama.